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Budding Rap Star at Highbury Gardens

02 Oct 2020

john-benitez-2zFaN2YsGN8-unsplashMM has recently started attending a local youth club, where he is enjoying spending time with other young people from the local area. This week, he joined a group of new friends in the recording studio, where he recorded his own rap and did some karaoke – achieving one of his personal goals.

Building self-confidence and independence

MM moved into Highbury Gardens, a London based residential service for people with autism and learning disabilities, just over a year ago. Since the move, the team at Highbury have been working closely with MM to develop his own self-image, confidence and abilities, including expanding his previously limited social opportunities.

The youth centre offers a range of activities, both within its own building and in the local community. As a club member, MM will be able to enjoy trips to local sports centres, as well as the club’s own snooker, gym, football pitch, DJ/music room, table tennis, table soccer and a dance area.

Support to achieve personal goals and objectives


For every person we support, we carry out regular person-centred reviews. We work with the people we support – and their loved ones – to give them more control and choice in their lives. We sit down and chat about what’s working, what’s not working, what is important to that person, as well as identifying key goals and milestones. As part of this, we work with individuals to explore their aspirations and put an action plan in place to help them to realise these goals.

Vicky Strange, Service Manager at Highbury, explained: ”MM had a very limited social life before he moved to Highbury, so it has been great to be able to find a safe opportunity for him to spend time with people his own age and to take part in some fun activities. He loves music and wanted to record a rap and make it his own, so the chance to get in the studio with some new friends was really good for him.”

The youth centre is splitting the young people into groups of six to comply with government guidelines and following strict guidelines to minimise the risk of COVID transmission.

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